The High Heat
Baseball series has received mixed reviews over the years. The
series has excited baseball fans with lots of realistic touches. But
at the same time it has turned many gamers off with sub-par graphics
and occasionally sloppy gameplay. Well, love it or hate it, the High
Heat Baseball series is headed to GBA and I, for one, am glad as
features all the standards for modern baseball games: full 2001
teams, rosters and stadiums and five different modes of play,
including exhibition, full season, batting practice and homerun
derby. There is no multiplayer.
Maybe it just
hasn’t sunken into my thick skull when it comes to realizing how
great GBA games are going to look, but High Heat Baseball 2002 looks
fantastic to me. The graphics are on par with later Super Nintendo
sports games, which may not be all that great, but still seems
impressive on a handheld after twelve years of original Game Boy
As the first
baseball title for the GBA, High Heat Baseball will almost certainly
be a sales monster. But the question still remains: is the gameplay
going to be any good? Since a playable version of the game is not
available at the time of the writing of this preview, we still don’t
know. But we do know that the game has all the basics down pat, has
above average graphics, and will be available at launch on June 11th.
Hopefully we’ll see a playable version at E3.